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Dancing With The Stars: Hines Ward, Kym Johnson Excel Yet Again Despite Injury

Hines Ward's performances with partner Kym Johnson on Dancing With The Stars seem to be getting better and better, and Monday night's was perhaps one of their best yet, despite Johnson's accident on Friday, which saw her leave the studio on a stretcher after she injured her neck. It looked pretty serious at the time - video showed her lying motionless on the stretcher with her eyes closed. But I couldn't see any evidence that she was hurt in her performance Monday night. Ward and Johnson received perfect 10s for their dances of the tango and the salsa.

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DTWS judges noted that Johnson's performance was impressive given the injury:

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Judge Len Goodman compared their legwork to something from the Kama Sutra, while Bruno Tonioli said, "You never want it to end." Carrie Ann Inaba was impressed with Ward's partnering, calling their connection one that went beyond what was asked for in a dance routine.

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"I'm just happy you're OK," Inaba said, "because that was a serious injury."

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The season finale of the show will take place next Monday.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.